ProNourish™ Mini Meal For Busy Folks

When I first heard about the ProNourish™ nutritional drink, I didn’t know what to think. I read that it was a healthy meal alternative. Also, it’s Gluten free. Sounds too good to be true right? I thought so too. So, I did a little firsthand research.
The following blurb taken from the ProNourish™ website defines a FODMAP:

“FODMAP is an acronym that stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols. These groups of carbohydrates—often referred to as “FODMAPs”—have a few things in common:

FODMAPs can be poorly absorbed in the small intestine
FODMAPs can cause excessive water to be drawn into the intestines
FODMAPs can become rapidly fermented by bacteria present in the colon, which produces gas
Water and gas can buildup which creates distension, cramps, and diarrhea or constipation”

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After stopping by my local Kroger (the ProNourishTM drink can be found where the other meal replacement drinks sit), I went home and made the plan to test ProNourish™ over the next three days. I don’t know why, but it usually takes three or four days for my system to either show signs of happiness with something new or signs of distress. As in, you’d better not ever eat/drink/think about doing this again.

Here are a few facts about ProNourish™ taken from the Nestle website:
2) Easy to disgest for those with lactate problems (aka people like me)
3) Gluten Free – Always a plus
4) Pleasant Taste
5) Download this handy list of foods high in FODMAPs from the ProNourishTM website
ProNourish™ ingredients:• 15 g High Quality Protein
• 25 Essential Vitamins & Minerals
• NO High Fructose Corn Syrup
• NO Sugar Alcohols or Artificial ColorsMy greatest worries rested somewhere between bullet points 2 and 4. I didn’t know what to expect and had read a couple of reviews that mentioned an unpleasant aftertaste.

Day One:

ProNourish™ heads out to work with me. According to the Nestle website, ProNourish™ can be used as a meal replacement. So it was a liquid breakfast for me the next day. I hit the bottle (that would be the ProNourish™ bottle lol) at 8:30 a.m. (the time when lactate issues rear their ugly heads in my tummy) and waited for the after effect. I’m happy to report that by 1pm (the time when I tend to need a pack of antacids after drinking a cup of milk) no issues had arisen. No bloating. No nauseous feeling. No gas. Score!

Day Two:

ProNourish™ attends evening yoga class. I work long hours every single day. When someone created the word workaholic, I’m pretty sure they knew I’d be somewhere in line for the position as poster child for the word. I tend to skip meals. Heck! I sometimes eat one meal a day. Not good. Let me repeat myself. Eating one meal per day is NOT a good thing. You don’t lose weight this way. The lack of energy throws your body off balance. And health issues… Ugh. You don’t need me to tell you what happens to the neglected body.
I drank the second ProNourish™ right before yoga class. I needed a boost of energy and this drink worked. If I were to try and drink milk or certain other health drinks at this late stage in the evening, then I’d be experiencing the issues listed above. I’m happy to report that nothing happened after I finished day two’s bottle of ProNourish™.
We made ProNourish™ a family affair!

Day Three:

The last day. A weekend…Saturday. I’m not sure what happens on the weekend, but I generally tend to have more issues with my tummy on weekends than I do on weekdays. Perhaps it’s because I’m out and about during the weekdays and don’t have time to think about my tummy. Or maybe its all in my mind. Who knows? However, I drank my third bottle of ProNourish™ on Saturday morning, the time when drinking normal dairy products wreak havoc on my system. By Saturday evening, I felt fine. Again… No bloating, nausea, or gas.

Processed with VSCO with s2 presetThe taste. French Vanilla has always been a love-hate kind of flavor for me. I’m the type of consumer whose picky about the way a company chooses to make the French Vanilla flavor. I’ve found the taste either hooks me or sends me running to another brand. ProNourish™‘s French Vanilla was a pleasant surprise. Given all the digestive benefits Nestle lists, I was certain I’d experience the unpleasant aftertaste that other reviewers had mentioned. Nope. I thought the French Vanilla tasted good. There was a slight aftertaste, but it didn’t bother me.

This drink reminded me of one my mom and I used to share a long time ago. Maybe that’s why I enjoyed the flavor. Here in the Leigh household, we turned this experience into a family affair. My son enjoyed ProNourish™ just as much as I did.

 Overall, my experience with ProNourish™ turned out well. I’d suggest you try a pack for yourself and see how you like it.

Before you go:

1) Grab Your $2.00 coupon from the Kroger website and use the discount towards your purchase.

2) Download this list of foods that are high in FODMAPs

Nestle promises to deliver a health drink that won’t work against those of us who have lactate and gluten issues. In my humble opinion, the Nestle Company’s efforts worked. Try ProNourish™ out for yourself. Then come back and let us know what you think.
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